Visit Orlando is extending the dates for its annual restaurant promotion, Magical Dining Month, to October 12. The reason, of course, is the loss of momentum for the popular event that occurred as people prepared for the possible impact of the hurricane earlier in the month and the cleanup and loss of power and supplies that prevented an immediate return to business as normal.
Historically, Magical Dining Month has been confined to the calendar days of September, though in recent years it has started with a "preview week" beginning in August.
The extension is voluntary for the participating restaurants, more than a hundred spread out over the Central Florida region. So far, more than half have indicated they will offer the special menus through Oct. 12.
Magical Dining Month restaurants offer a special menu of three courses for $35, often representing quite a savings over a restaurant's regular prices for the same meal. Restaurants pledge $1 from every MagDinMo meal sold to a charity chosen by Visit Orlando. This year's beneficiaries are Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation.
It would be surprising for any restaurants to reject the extension -- Magical Dining Month is a boon to business during a historically slow time for restaurants. And with the hurricane -- possibly hurricanes -- causing a disruption, more business would be a good thing.
In case you missed it, here's a tutorial on how to get the most out of Magical Dining Month.